Philadelphia Developers Establishing Educator Community
The New York Times (5/4, Hurdle, Subscription Publication) reports on a development project in Philadelphia in which "a Victorian-era dye factory" in "the up-and-coming but still gritty South Kensington section" of the city is "being converted into apartments and offices intended to house teachers and nonprofit educational organizations in what the developers hope will become a cohesive community." Just over half of the apartments will be reserved for teachers, who will receive discounted rent. Meanwhile, some 25% of the space "is being turned into offices for education-related nonprofit groups like Teach for America." The Times explains that the project's purpose is to fight burnout and to increase teacher retention.